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Via sues Mediatek for alleged patent infringement

Lawyers rub hands in glee again
Tue Jun 03 2003, 11:26
LAWYERS WHO THOUGHT they could tidy their briefs away were scrabbling for their wigs and pens today after semiconductor firm Via said it was taking legal action against Mediatek for allegedly breaching its patents.

The lawsuit, started in California, claims Mediatek has breached Via patent 6,459,665 - which relates to DVD, CD-ROM, CD-RW and CD-RW DVD combination controller products.

This is not the first salvo in this legal barrage. Legal howitzers have already been fired, as you can see from the links below.

For those interested in such things, the patent covers signal compensation for high speed optical storage devices, and can be found here.

Via alleges that this patent, which is intended to speed up optical storage devices, is breached by Mediatek products.

It wants an injunction to prevent such devices being imported into the United States, and could also press for destruction of stock already in place in that country. µ

See Also
Via takes Mediatek head on
Mediatek takes Via, Aopen to court
Mediatek sends patent police into customer site
Via wants to give opposition a Canaan


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